Collaboratively planning for medicines administration competency: a survey evaluation

Authors

  • STEVE HEMINGWAY MA, BA (Hons) PGDE, RMN,

    1. Senior Lecturer in Mental Health, School of Human and Health Sciences, University of Huddersfield
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  • HAZEL BAXTER MPH, BA (Hons), RHV, RM, RGN,

    1. Lead for Older Peoples and Learning Disabilities Service, Clinical Governance Support Team, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Health Trust
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  • GEORGE SMITH RMN, MSc, PGdip,

    1. Assistant Director of Nurse Education Leadership and Development, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Health Trust
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  • REBECCA BURGESS-DAWSON RMN, PGcert in Psychiatric Therapeutics,

    1. Practice Learning Facilitator, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Health Trust
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  • KATE DEWHIRST Dip Clin Pharm, Bpharm, MRPharm

    1. Medicines Management Pharmacist, South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Health Trust, UK
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Steve Hemingway
University of Huddersfield Queensgate
Room 1/15
Harold Wilson Building
Huddersfield
West Yorkshire HD1 3DH
UK
E-mail: s.j.hemingway@hud.ac.uk

Abstract

hemingway s., baxter h., smith g., burgess-dawson r. & dewhirst k. (2011) Journal of Nursing Management 19, 366–376
Collaboratively planning for medicines administration competency: a survey evaluation

Aims  This survey evaluated the experiences of mental health nurses who had undergone assessment of their competence in the administration of medicines using established assessment frameworks.

Background  Medicines management activities have at times been widely criticized. Joint collaborations between Higher Education Authorities and the National Health Service in education and training can start to address some of these criticisms.

Method  A questionnaire using 22 closed and open response questions was distributed to 827 practising mental health nurses and 44 graduate mental health nurses.

Results  A total of 70 registered and 41 graduate mental health nurses who had completed the assessment of administration competency frameworks responded to the survey. Response rates were 24 and 96%, respectively. The assessment frameworks were received positively. Environmental factors were perceived as the main barrier to medicines safety; however, this was not reflected in how this aspect of the competency framework was perceived.

Implications for nursing management  The administration of medicines is an area of mental health and all fields of nursing practice that needs attention. The use of competency frameworks as outlined in the ‘Medicine with Respect Project’ is one strategy to achieve the improvement in this essential clinical skill.

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